Germany protests call for leadership on climate action

From Berlin to Cologne, protesters have gathered to demand more from the government in the fight against climate change. Greenpeace said Germany must lead, and that means phasing out coal by 2030.

Thousands of protesters gathered on Saturday in Berlin and Cologne to demand bolder measures to combat climate change. Some 36,000 people joined the rallies.

Organizers said the protest aimed to pressure the government into ending Germany’s reliance on coal for its energy needs and instead looking to renewable energies, such as solar energy and wind power.

“The point is that Germany must phase out coal by 2030,” Jennifer Morgan, who leads Greenpeace International, told the Agence France-Presse news agency.

“What happens in high-tech Germany, how quickly the climate-damaging combustion of coal is replaced by solar energy and wind power, is very important, also for other countries.”

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